Reading Round-Up: Babies, Blogs, the Book Bazaar

22 09 2014

I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy today to share some of my favorite reads of the past month!

Online:

Friday Night Meatballs: How To Change Your Life with Meatballs (at Serious Eats. Thanks, Jana!)

“Starting next Friday, we’re cooking up a pot of spaghetti and meatballs every Friday night and sitting down at the dinner table as a family — along with anyone else who’d like to join us. Friends, neighbors, relatives, clients, Facebook friends who’d like to hang out in real life, travelers passing through: you are welcome at our table.”

6 Things the Happiest Families Have In Common (at The Week)

“We basically ask three questions. What worked well this week, what didn’t work well this week, and what will we agree to work on in the week ahead?”

Eat, Sleep, Pray: Spiritual Practices with Newborns (at Red Letter Christians. Thanks, Britney!)

 “Scripture’s full of stories of God feeding us. Manna from heaven and bread from the table. John’s resurrection story of Jesus feeding his friends –with fish, then forgiveness — and asking them to do the same. It matters how we feed others.”

Life Among the Bus-Riders: A Window on My City (at Red Letter Christians)

“You watch a man in his work clothes pull the cable for his stop at Olive Street where he departs with two kids, a bag of laundry, and two boxes of food. And you think, ‘It takes someone real smart to navigate fare change, daycare pickup, grocery shopping, and bus schedules all at once.'”

In Print:

 The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Over the past year, Nouwen has become one of my favorite authors, so when I saw this slim paperback on sale for one dollar at our local Book Bazaar, I quickly snatched it up. In this book, Nouwen explores Rembrandt’s painting of the Prodigal Son (as well as the original parable) from several different angles. As with many of Nouwen’s works, you can read the words of this book in an afternoon, and then spend a lifetime trying to internalize their message.


 

On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Buckman

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey S. Karp

Both of these books came highly recommended to us as we prepared for parenthood. We have friends who classify themselves as hardcore “Babywise moms” and others who swear by Karp’s “5 Ss.” During a few particularly fussy nights, I found myself reaching for and rereading both books.  Neither has all the answers, but both have wisdom (and specific, practical tips) to share. I have appreciated the breastfeeding advice and sample schedules of Babywise, and have been able to successfully implement the calming techniques of Happiest Baby. As with any parenting advice or philosophy, the trick is finding out what works for our baby — which, I’m discovering, is an ever-evolving process!

 

 

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